Cleaning house, teens 'trying' in more ways than one

NEIGHBORS

November 25, 1998|By Bonita Formwalt | Bonita Formwalt,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

THE HOUSE smells kind of lemony," my friend noted as she sniffed the air. "Since we can eliminate any possible cooking, is it safe to assume you're cleaning using artificially scented products to mask odors of anything unintentionally left uncleansed?"

I refrained from Pledging her already abundantly lacquered hair.

"Buckets, sponges, a Rug Doctor steam machine and a tube of Ben Gay? You have really pulled out the big guns. What brought on this burst of energy?'" she asked. Muttering something about the approaching holidays, I elected not to share my true motivation -- a thicket of Easter grass and the petrified head of a marshmallow chick unearthed beneath the bed.

Just then my youngest son burst into the room, cradling a can of Lysol in his lacrosse stick. His brother, in hot pursuit, was attempting to dislodge the disinfectant using a Dust Buster. Deftly intercepting a pass with a colander, I returned the Lysol to its haven under the sink.

"How nice, the boys are helping," she said.

Helping may not be entirely accurate. Teens who have never mastered the concept of "wipe your feet" tend to offer cleaning suggestions that rely heavily on the use of low-wattage bulbs.

The sound of the vacuum interrupted our conversation.

"See, they are trying," she chided.

Beckoning her to follow, I went to the living room, where we found my sons and a friend feeding small toys to our new "cyclone suction" vacuum cleaner, re-creating a scene from "The Wizard of Oz".

There's no place like home at the holidays, Glen Burnie.

'A Very Special Christmas'

Glen Burnie High School's Dance Company will again welcome the holiday season with several performances of its annual production, "A Very Special Christmas."

The production, using 15 dancers performing 17 dances, offers classical ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical and hip-hop styles to interpret the joy of the holidays.

Under the direction of dance teacher Dianne Rosso-Freeman, the troupe will start its schedule with a performance at the "Festival of Trees" at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium. The event is a benefit for the Kennedy-Kreiger Institute, a resource center for children with disabilities.

In addition to enjoying entertainment by the school's dance company, guests can stroll amid more than 100 Christmas trees decorated by area businesses and organizations.

This is the company's first year entertaining at the event.Rosso-Freeman said the company wanted to reach out to the community.

"This year, it was decided that the company would like to do something for those in need, and Christmas is the perfect time," said Rosso-Freeman.

In addition to the Festival of Trees performance, the dancers will perform at Pascal Senior Center at 7 p.m. Dec. 17 in the main auditorium on Dorsey Road.

Admission is $3, with proceeds going to local charity. Guests are encouraged to bring nonperishable food for area food banks.

As with all of the programs presented by the school's dance department, the productions include professional-caliber choreography, staging and costumes. Students choreograph many of the numbers.

Members of this year's dance company are Jodie Barron, Erin Conner, Jill Emerson, Jane Horne, Katie Knight, Melissa McEwaney, Cyra Miller, Jamie Newman, Tammy Noe, Michelle Parson, Jackie Parton, Stephanie Pratt, Susan Sperduto, Alli Stillman and Danielle Wijangco.

Other performances are scheduled for area schools and at Glen Burnie Mall at 6 p.m. Dec. 11.

For information, call Rosso-Freeman at the school office, 410-761-8950.

Children can visit Santa Claus

Santa Claus arrived at Marley Station Mall last night accompanied by elves to take up residence at the new Santa's Emporium, a re-creation of a turn-of-the-century general emporium featuring animated shopkeepers, thousands of yards of colorful ribbons and holiday lights.

Designed to evoke the nostalgia of long-ago holidays, the display will include such time-tested toys as Raggedy Ann dolls, sailboats and teddy bears.

Santa will talk to children and take requests for Christmas gifts. Parents and children anxious about avoiding the long wait for a visit with Santa can take advantage of the Merry Time Ticket program. When they arrive at the mall, parents can stop by center court and get a ticket with a specific time to greet Santa.

While waiting for Santa, children may want to go to the second floor and meet Kris the Talking Moose. Starting Friday, Kris will be spending the holiday season in a log cabin near the entrance to Sears, chatting with shoppers from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays and 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays.

Shoppers who purchase $250 worth of merchandise in the mall can show their receipts to the staff at the customer service desk and receive a free 9-inch Kris Moose while supplies last.

For information on any of the holiday activities at Marley Station Mall, call the events hot line at 410-760-8900.

Pub Date: 11/25/98

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